The departure of Jacob for Egypt (Gen 46:1-46:7)

“When Israel set out on his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.   God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ He said, ‘Here I am.’  Then he said, I am God, the God of your father.  Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.   I myself will go down with you to Egypt and I will also bring you up again.  Joseph’s own hand shall close your eyes.’”

On the way to Egypt, Israel went to Beer-sheba and offered a sacrifice to the God of his father, Isaac.  That night Jacob had a vision.  God said that he should not be afraid to go to Egypt.  He was going to make a great nation out of him because God was with him.   His son Joseph would watch him die.

“Then Jacob set out from Beer-sheba.  The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him.  They also took their livestock and the goods, that they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and they came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, his sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters.  All his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.”

So Jacob took all his children and children’s children and their families with his livestock and provisions as he set out for Egypt.

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